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Q: What is a quarterlife crisis?
A: The quarterlife crisis, or QLC, is essentially a period of anxiety, uncertainty and inner turmoil that often accompanies the transition to adulthood.
Q: Who coined the phrase "quarterlife crisis?"
A: Abby Wilner, co-author of
, coined the phrase in 1997 after she graduated from college, moved back home, and couldn't figure out what to do with her life.
Q: What makes the QLC unique for twentysomethings today?
A: Essentially, it is taking longer to become an adult today based on traditional markers such as financial independence and starting a family. The average American job hops 8 times before the age of 32, the average college graduate accrues $20,000 in education loan debt, and the average age to get married is now 27.
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"What am I supposed to be doing with my life??"
"I couldn't imagine coming to this job everyday. What are my avenues?"
"Should I move out of my mom's house?"
"What do you do when all your friends are in serious relationships?"
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Seeking Fame and Fortune at Any Cost
From USA Today: According to a Pew Research Center poll, 81 percent of 18- to 25-year-olds say getting rich is one of their generation's most important goals and 51 percent said the same about being famous.
It's a Smurf World Afterall
: Everyone's favorite little blue creatures enter the real world. Seems there was a smurf for every smurfin' emotion one could smurf of.
"According to a survey by America Online and Salary.com, the average worker admits to frittering away 2.09 hours per 8-hour workday, not including lunch and scheduled break-time."
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